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Air Force Academy cadets fly in a TG-15A glider over Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 23, 2010. Cadets typically fly 10-15 training sorties in the TG-15A and undergo 50-hour cross-country upgrade training before they can fly cross-country solo in the TG-15B. The 94th Flying Training Squadron conducts more than 30,000 sorties per year in support of the Academy Soaring Program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Bendet) Soaring program gives cadets wings
People know that the sport Cadet 2nd Class Charlie Meyer and Cadet 1st Class Justin Lennon participate in looks cool. But few of them have any idea what makes one cool-looking performance better than another and what the Air Force Academy team accomplished this past season.So Cadet Meyer and Cadet Lennon, members of the glider aerobatic team,
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Col. Lynn Scheel joins North Pole Community leaders for formal ceremony designating a permanent candy cane marker as Santa's new address Dec. 3, 2010, North Pole, Alaska.  By keeping this program alive, North Pole can continue to recognize the efforts  of its originators at Eielson Air Force base.  Colonel Scheel is the 354th Fighter Wing Vice Wing Commander.  (U.S. Air Force photo by/Airman 1st Class Yash Rojas) Santa's new address: No. 1 Santa Claus Lane, North Pole
The city of North Pole, Alaska, with the assistance of the North Pole Economic Development Corporation, has erected a permanent candy cane marker designating "No. 1 Santa Claus Lane" as the address to which letters to Santa should be addressed.The recent installation of the candy cane marker, along with policy changes, have ended those privacy
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Air Force Academy cadets with the a cappella group "In the Stairwell" perform a medley of Christmas music live on KKTV Channels 5 and 30 in Colorado Springs, Colo., Dec. 10, 2010. The group performs for several events each year in the Colorado Springs and Denver areas. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Van Winkle) 'In the Stairwell' performs live on local TV
Cadet singers with the cadet a cappella group "In the Stairwell" performed live for all Southern Colorado today, with an appearance on KKTV's mid-morning news program.This is the second year that In the Stairwell, an unofficial cadet club that performs in the local community, has appeared on live television. The cadets performed a 'mash-up' mix
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Cadets swim the 2.2-mile "Escape from Alcatraz" route from Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay to the mainland Sept. 26, 2010. Thirteen cadets took part in the event in hopes of establishing an open-water swimming club at the Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo) 13 cadets conquer Alcatraz swim
A group of 13 cadets swam from Alcatraz to the San Francisco mainland Sept. 26 in hopes of creating an open-water swimming club at the Academy.Completing the swim were Cadets 2nd Class Daniel Nelson and Rachel Reeder, Cadets 3rd Class Nick Adagio, Monica Bray, Corey Davis, Ryan Hogan, Connor Niebrugge, Kelsey Pilcher and Michael Wong and Cadets 4th
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Maj. Scott "Kidd" Poteet, an Air Officer in Command for Cadet Squadron 02, trains for the 2010 Ironman Triathlon at the Cadet Gym pool Oct. 4, 2010 in the hills on the west side of the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Poteet's regimen includes more than three hours of training per day biking, swimming and running.  He typically rides 300-350 miles per week.  The Ironman Triathlon takes place Oct. 9 in Kona, Hawaii.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy) 'I am Ironman': Academy AOC picked for top triathlon
Forget about who's crazy enough to participate in a triathlon, who was crazy enough to come up with the over-the-top race in the first place? That's right, a Navy man.In 1978, following a running race around the Hawaiian island of Oahu, participants were sitting around arguing about who were the best overall athletes: swimmers, runners, or
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Linda and Van Henning receive hugs and condolences from cadets during a memorial service for their son, Cadet 1st Class Marc Henning, at the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel Sept. 28, 2010. Cadet Henning, a native of Crossville, Ill., was 22. He attended the Academy Preparatory School in 2006 before entering the Academy in 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Evans) Memorial service honors fallen cadet
As the shock over Cadet 1st Class Marc Henning's death subsides, the Air Force Academy and Cadet Henning's family want the entire cadet wing to know that they're all in this together.The words spoken and images displayed during a memorial service Tuesday in the Protestant Chapel coalesced into a moving tribute for the former executive officer of
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Retirees listen to a presentation by Rep. Doug Lamborn during the 2009 Retiree Appreciation Day at the Air Force Academy Nov. 21, 2009. Congressman Lamborn represents Colorado's 5th Congressional District, which includes the Academy and Colorado Springs. The 2010 Retiree Appreciation Day is scheduled for July 24. (U.S. Air Force photo/J. Rachel Spencer) Front Range bases to honor retirees
Sir Isaac Newton told a fellow scientist in a letter that if he could see farther, it's because he was "standing on the shoulders of giants."Organizers of the Retiree Appreciation Day, scheduled for July 24 in Arnold Hall here, know what Newton had in mind. Like him, they say, they also stand on the shoulders of giants. And the organizers want
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Cadet 1st Class Stephen Pike of Cadet Squadron 21 describes the Air Force Academy's unmanned aerial system airmanship program to Gina Salazar and BJ Barger during the Academy Board of Visitors' tour of the Academy Airfield July 24, 2010. Also pictured is Cadet 2nd Class Travis Potthoff of CS 39. Ms. Salazar, the deputy district director for Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), attended in the congressman's stead. Ms. Barger is the deputy assistant secretary for force management integration at the Pentagon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Don Branum) Board of Visitors members gain perspectives on Airmanship
Retired Col. Sue Ross and a cadet pilot soared through the blue skies above the Air Force Academy Saturday, practicing stall avoidance maneuvers and pulling Gs with only the sound of the wind against their glider to accompany them. Elsewhere, A.J. Scribante and a tandem jumper stepped out of a UV-18 Twin Otter aircraft and hurtled toward the ground
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Air Force Academy Cadets 1st Class Stephen Newell and Stephen Shaffer take a break after carrying injured hiker Marian Steele to the summit of Pikes Peak July 17, 2010. Ms. Steele, a resident of Colorado Springs, Colo., had broken her foot while descending the 14,110-foot mountain. (U.S. Air Force photo courtesy of Cadet 1st Class Stephen Shaffer) Cadets rescue injured hiker on Pikes Peak
When two cadets from the Air Force Academy decided to hike Pikes Peak July 17, "become heroes" was not on the itinerary. But by the time they reached the 14,110-foot summit -- carrying a hiker who had broken her foot two miles from the top -- they had at least one person's heartfelt gratitude.Cadets 1st Class Stephen Shaffer from Cadet Squadron 12
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Tech. Sgt. Nancy Poffenbarger and Master Sgt. Randall Ward perform "Mary Poppins Medley" during an Air Force Academy Band concert in Castle Rock, Colo., July 21, 2010. The Academy Band's performance was the first of Castle Rock's 2010 Music in the Meadows series. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Don Branum) Academy Band brings 'Music to the Meadows'
After a seasonal Colorado afternoon thunderstorm, menacing clouds yielded to a bright sun that brought droves of concert patrons to listen to the Air Force Academy Band perform a free concert here July 21. Attracting approximately 1,100 people, the event kicked off Castle Rock's 2010 "Music in the Meadows" concert series and dished up a wide
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